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November 03, 2003

Bush preparing for military conscription
Salon | Submitted by: Macki
"The community draft boards that became notorious for sending reluctant young men off to Vietnam have languished sinced the early 1970s, their membership ebbing and their purpose all but lost when the draft was ended. But a few weeks ago, on an obscure federal Web site devoted to the war on terrorism, the Bush administration quietly began a public campaign to bring the draft boards back to life... military experts and even some influential members of Congress are suggesting that if Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld's prediction of a 'long, hard slog' in Iraq and Afghanistan proves accurate, the U.S. may have no choice but to consider a draft to fully staff the nation's military in a time of global instability." [Article requires subscription or ad viewing.]

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Woman gets life for dumping baby in portapotty
Hardin County News-Enterprise | Submitted by: Reid Fleming
"Kathy Harless, 38, placed the infant in the toilet's waste at Bratcher's Flea Market in Leitchfield after she gave birth to him there in April 2001. A Grayson County Circuit Court jury deliberated 90 minutes before returning a guilty verdict on charges of murder, which carried the life sentence, and tampering with evidence, for which Harless will consecutively serve five years."

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100+ Indians killed by diarrhea
Hindustan Times | Submitted by: Reid Fleming
"Nearly 100 people have died of diarrhoea in the past one week in Bihar villages struck by the water borne disease that is easily cured by a simple oral rehydration solution (ORS). The worst affected is Madhubani district (over 50 deaths) followed by Purnia (15 deaths) and Muzaffarpur (20 deaths)... The toll could be much higher with unreported deaths from other districts as well... 'Most victims belong are Dalits, including the Mushhar (rat picker caste) in Madhubani, Purnea and Muzaffarpur,' a health official said."

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Bishop debate briefly mired in homosex specifics
Independent | Submitted by: harley
"'Whatever else homosexuality is, it is a behaviour. It would thus be reasonable to inquire into the nature of such behaviour for which approval is sought,' [Father Earle Fox] told the congregation of several thousand, including more than two dozen Bishops. 'For males, about 99 per cent engage in oral sex, 91 per cent engage in anal sex, 82 per cent engage in rimming, touching of the anus of one partner.' Before Mr Fox could get any further, he was cut of by the US primate, the Most Reverend Frank Griswold, and asked to get to the substance of the objection."

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ATF official stands trial on gun charge
KCCI-TV 8 Des Moines | Submitted by: Reid Fleming
"A federal agent accused of chasing down a pickup truck full of high school boys and threatening them with a loaded gun is slated to stand trial next week in Warren County. Jon Petersen, 41, of Indianola, is the former head of the Iowa Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives office... According to court records, Peterson believed the boys were going to vandalize his yard as part of a homecoming prank... Petersen, who spent nearly a year on administrative leave, recently returned to a desk job in the ATF's Kansas City office."

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Father goes nuts on Halloween
MSNBC | Submitted by: motrinwoman420
"A 43-year-old Michigan man was arrested Halloween night after he allegedly damaged a woman's house because he thought she denied candy to his son. Ann Arbor police are calling it a case of trick-or-treat rage... before he allegedly damaged the house, the man gave the woman a piece of paper with his address on it and said, 'Call the police,' the Ann Arbor News reported Sunday. [What?] He then tossed a small pumpkin through a window, threw another pumpkin at the front door and smashed a bird feeder standing in the front yard." [Baffling.]

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Cemeteries gear up for violence
Manila Times | Submitted by: Reid Fleming
"Hundreds of bladed and other deadly weapons and boxes of liquor were confiscated by men of the Western Police District (WPD) early Friday morning... Some of the bladed weapons people were trying to bring in were implements for clearing weed and grass around the tombs, like scythes and bolos. Police personnel and barangay watchmen, however, confiscated fan knives, ice picks and pocket knives. Police are worried that these weapons may be used in brawls in the cemeteries once their owners become drunk during the carousal."

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Woman, Jesus defeat crocodile
Sky News | Submitted by: jimbo
"Manual Gandigorrtij, 19, was loading wild geese into a small boat at the edge of a creek 250 miles east of Darwin on Saturday when a crocodile lunged at his leg... Speaking from his hospital bed, Mr Gandigorrtij said: 'He dragged me into the water and then my uncle and my aunty went and jumped it.' He said his aunt, Margaret Rinybuma, 53, let her fists and feet fly. Mrs Rinybuma told the Northern Territory News newspaper: 'I hit him with my fist on the nose and I yelled out "Help! In the name of Jesus!" and it let him go.''"

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Unlicensed funeral director in big trouble
WSVN-TV 7 Miami | Submitted by: Reid Fleming
"Bernard Poitier of Poitier Funeral Home says 'Being the owner here I can run my business in whatever way I see fit to protect my business.' When I questioned Poitier back in February, he admitted he stopped the funeral of Lisa Newkirk because of a money dispute. 'I can stop anything around here, and I want you to remember this when you make your report. I'm the owner here.' ... Two years ago, the state stripped him of his license after he refused to release a body, yelled at the next of kin and threw a state inspector off the property."

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High school student suspended for condom giveaway
Orlando Sentinel | Submitted by: jimbo
"An Osceola High student was suspended from school Friday for wearing a T-shirt covered in packaged condoms. Lanessa Riobe, 16, said she got the idea after watching MTV commercials promoting safer sex. Lanessa taped the prophylactics to her shirt and let students remove them. By 8:30 a.m., she had distributed about 50 condoms to classmates, she said. Her first-period teacher alerted school administrators, who suspended her for three days for being a class disruption and having an insolent attitude. Osceola High Principal Chuck Paradiso later shortened the suspension to one day. 'By passing out condoms, you're acknowledging having sex,' he said. 'Our school's position is abstinence.'" With photo.

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Paratroopers risk brain injury
Reuters | Submitted by: Doctor Know
"Army soldiers who parachute are at increased risk of brain injury, according to a new study. Fortunately, in most cases the head injuries are mild, researchers report in the Journal of Trauma... Among paratroopers, about two out of three head injuries occurred while parachuting. 'These results suggest that parachuting is a risk factor for mild traumatic brain injury in the Army.'"

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